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Union supports closures

Roger Middlemass Meatworkers' union comes out in support of possible plant closures, even if that means some of its members lose jobs.

Low water table worries

Nigel Anderson, right, docks  lambs on his farm in Pukeatua with help from Emma and James Anderson. A good spell of rain is needed in the Waikato to help refill water tables on drystock farms that dried up during the droughts.

Honey smugglers busted at airport

11:51am Two would-be honey smugglers have been turned back on arrival at Auckland airport.

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

Native falcon/karearea A vineyard manager who will bring home three rare, ferocious predators is excited but a little overwhelmed.

Dairy NZ backs Aoraki

Dairy cows Dairy NZ has backed Aoraki Polytechnic to be the hub for a South Island dairy programme.

Opinion poll

Is it time for authorities to introduce tougher penalties for poaching?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Booby traps for poachers cost farmers

A nail in coffin

Jon Morgan So, you don't want a wool levy? I'd be interested to know why.

Housing v farming

The urbanisation of agricultural land is essentially an irreversible process.

New cowsheds create wide divide

Some warning signs

Capital gain banked on

Andrew Watters Dairy farmers are being offered mortgage lending that will charge interest based on milk prices and the capital gain on their farm.

Doubts over 'best asset'

A retired accountant has challenged the directors of the multimillion-dollar Tasmanian dairy farms to face up to ratepayers.

Milking session turns dangerous

Dairy giant's funding fix

Dairy NZ backs Aoraki

Dairy NZ has backed Aoraki Polytechnic to be the hub for a South Island dairy programme.

Meat exports hit high

Meat NZ meat exports reached record high of $5.3bn in 2013-14, despite the high dollar, with exports up $480m on last season.

Status quo is inefficient

Meat industry group pushes for the closure of some meatworks as keeping them open was cost farmers over $400m a year.

NZ beef shortage lifts prices

'Clear choice' looms

Approach pays dividends

A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.

Thriving on high-sugar grass

A trial has shown that lambs achieve higher growth rates grazing high-sugar ryegrass compared with grazing standard ryegrass. Southern farmers will achieve higher lamb growth rates if they switch to high-sugar ryegrass.

Levy vote loss slated

The wool industry will continue on a downward spiral now that a wool levy has been voted down, says a leading ram breeder.

How to stop losses

Finest wool for finest clothing

Low water table worries

A good spell of rain is needed in the Waikato to help refill water tables on drystock farms that dried up during the droughts.

EU cuts red tape for organic wines

wine exports Officials and wine growers have cut through red tape to make it easier for NZ organic wines to be sold in Europe.

Niche maize at risk?

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into NZ could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers.

Scrumpy crew call

Ex-judge linked to kiwifruit claim

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

A vineyard manager who will bring home three rare, ferocious predators is excited but a little overwhelmed.

Meatworks fined $57,949

Meatworks Taranaki meatworks fined $57,949 and ordered to pay a worker $15,000 after he was maimed by a hoof-removing machine.

Booby traps cost farmers

Desperate poaching hit farming couple found themselves on wrong side of law after setting booby traps on their property.

Ag writing rewarded

Drought feared as region dries out

Union supports closures

Meatworkers' union comes out in support of possible plant closures, even if that means some of its members lose jobs.

Build skills for emotional resilience

Doug Avery Suicide is only the visible tip of a great iceberg of depression casting a chill over the New Zealand's mental and economic wellbeing.

Killer disease not unique

Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.

Beet the bolters

Cute and cuddly killers?

There is a way through

Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

Aquaculture courses a first

Two new aquaculture qualifications are being launched by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Salmon feedback sought

Public feedback sought on new draft guidelines designed to provide environmental benchmarks for salmon farming within the Marlborough Sounds.

Live mussel export ban

Ebola a boost for NZ salmon

Live NZ fish heading overseas

Live fish caught in New Zealand's inshore fisheries could soon be winging or swimming their way to lucrative markets in Australia and Asia.

Still horsing round at 76

Thelma Busby Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

Life is busy

New baby, new job, new awards. Life is busy and challenging for one of New Zealand's top sharemilkers.

Silage bale wrap goes pink

Up for the challenge

Loving the lifestyle

An ambitious young dairy manager enjoys every day on the job.